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Dean’s Desk  
May 9, 2022
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Blessed are Those Who Are Resilient
Resilience can be described as the ability to respond to disruption or change. Psychologist Martin Seligman writes extensively about resilience. He synthesizes positive response into four key factors: 1) focusing on positive emotions such as love, peace, and contentment as opposed to anger, bitterness and sadness; 2) building relationships and connection to community; 3) a sense of meaning that comes through being part of something bigger than ourselves; and 4) a sense of accomplishment and being able to identify something we do well. Author Sheridan Voysey believes all these characteristics of resilience can be identified in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount when He blesses those who struggle with emotions, relationships, meaning, and accomplishments. I challenge you to read Matthew 5 this week and be encouraged knowing that God is with you when the storms rage. He can be our resilience.  ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean

“Blessed are those…” Matthew 5.

Calendar of Events
15-19 NAD Education Meetings, Dean away
19 PEAB (Professional Educators Advisory Board), 12-3 pm, Alaska Room
30 Memorial Day, No Classes, SEP Offices Closed
6-8 Final Exams
10 Psychology Recognition Ceremony, 1:00 pm, UChurch Heubach Chapel
11 Teacher Dedication Ceremony, 3:00 pm, UChurch Fellowship Hall
11 Graduate Hooding and Reception, 7:00 pm, WWVA Auditorium
12 Graduation, 8:30 am, Centennial Green
20 Juneteenth Observed, SEP Offices Closed
21 Summer School Begins
4 Independence Day, Offices Closed
29 6-Week Summer Session Ends
5 7-Week Summer Session Ends
5 Labor Day, Offices Closed
9-12 SEP Retreat Days, TBD
13 New Faculty Orientation
14 Advisors Luncheon, 10 am
15 Faculty and Staff Assembly, 8:30 am; Faculty Colloquium, 1 pm
16 Faculty Colloquium Breakfast, 8 am
18-23 Jump Start Orientation
25 Welcome Back Bash, 6 pm
26 Fall Instruction Begins
Education and Psychology News
Plan Ahead for Graduation Celebrations!
Several important events are being planned to recognize both psychology and education graduates in a few short weeks. We hope you will plan to invite your family and friends to attend...
  • Psychology Celebration, at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 10 in the University Church's Heubach Chapel. All participants will be honored during the program, which is followed by refreshments outside the chapel entrance.
  • Teacher Dedication Ceremony at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 11 in the University Church Fellowship Hall. The program will include music, short talks, refreshments, and a photo booth. Please invite your mentor teachers and student teaching supervisors to attend as well.
  • Graduate Hooding and Reception, will be held Saturday June 11 at 7:00 pm, WWVA Auditorium. Master's level students will be given graduate hoods that can also be worn at Sunday's graduation.
  • Graduation Commencement is Sunday, June 12 at 8:30 am on Centennial Green.
SPED Field Trip
Pictured above are students from Professor Ramoutar’s SPED 212 Early Childhood Special Education class on a tour of special education classrooms at the Walla Walla Centre for Children and Families.   
Staff Visits Alumni
While away on education meetings, our Certification Officer and Office Manager, Mishelle Castiglioni had the opportunity to visit recent secondary education graduate Shylla Gessele! Shylla teaches at Skagit Adventist Academy. We are very proud of our graduates and are always cheering you on!
Student Teacher Self-Care Night
As part of the pre student teaching course (EDUC 450) and as refresher for our current student teachers (EDUC 480/481), a night was provided on the subject of teacher self-care. Guest speaker Jacqueline Lonning, the WWU Student Health and Wellness Program Director has a background in education and was a teacher herself for about 10 years. She spoke on burnout, symptoms, and how to both deal with this and be proactive. Identifying the difference between self care and self improvement was addressed, and not to confuse the two. The event was well received by students. 
Thanks for Supporting the Scientists!
Research Methods participation night was a huge success last Tuesday with over 35 students attending. Students collected data for their projects by completing surveys accessed through access codes shown in the pictures above. Thanks for helping promote the scientific method on campus.
Homecoming Departmental Supper
It was good to be back together after several years of missing our in-person alumni weekend. Over 40 alumni came for a soup and salad supper and time to catch up, including former professors and deans (Verlie Ward, literacy professor and Cliff Sorenson, dean pictured above). Thank you to the many faculty and staff who prepared and staffed the event.
SEP Clubs 
Clubs on Social Media
Psychology Club on Instagram: (@thepsychstudents).  
Education Club on Instagram: (@wwueducationclub).
Discovery Preschool
Preschool Hat Day
Celebrating hats and friends at Discovery Preschool this week.
Enroll Now at Discovery Preschool for Summer or Fall
Do you know a 3-5 year-old who's toilet-trained & ready to learn? We offer beginning literacy, math concepts & science exploration. Build your child's Christian faith with songs, stories & hands-on activities. One child beamed "The best thing about preschool is friends!" See us @ to hold your spot for am or pm. Email Stacy with questions at
Curriculum Library
CL (Curriculum Library)
The CL is located on the third floor of Smith Hall. This space is dedicated to providing resources for teacher training and psychology testing materials, among others. There is a meeting room with TV projection capabilities that can be scheduled with our CL Director Franice Stirling. It is also a great place to study and hang out between classes.

Weekly Resource Selection

Conversation Cubes.  IM RM 310 N-09

Roll a cube and start a conversation.  These may be used with a classroom as an ice breaker or with two students to get to know each other.  They can also be used as story starters.  If a student has a writer’s block, roll a cube to inspire a composition.

Job Postings & More Information 
Miami  Union Academy Job Openings
Job Title Direct Link Department Location
Vice Principal for Academic & Curriculum Instruction NAD ADVENTIST EDU  Administration  Miami Union Adventist Academy -Miami Fl
5th Grade Elementary Teacher NAD ADVENTIST EDU Elementary  MIami Union Adventist Academy -Miami Fl
Middle School Math & Science Teacher  NAD ADVENTIST EDU Middle  MIami Union Adventist Academy -Miami Fl

Child Care Center Internship at Bright Horizons
High school graduates and college students: Apply today to be a Summer Intern at Bright Horizons® and grow your skills in the early childhood field! Join us this summer for an 8-week, full time PAID internship where you’ll work in an early childhood classroom under the leadership of a skilled educator. Learn from early childhood curriculum experts that will help you practice and refine your skills and guide your experience! Spend your summer discovering the incredible career and professional development awaiting you at Bright Horizons! Visit our careers page at to learn more.

Teaching Position in Alaska
Students are invited to apply to one of our open positions in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Our district is a single site, PK-12 school, with enrollment of 104 students, housed in a newly renovated building, in the heart of the red salmon capital of the world. We employ a staff of 10 certified educators, 2 certified administrators, and 20 classified staff members. We are currently hiring for a combined classroom first and second grade position, a combined third and fourth grade position, and a CTE Shop Position. We offer competitive pay, a $4000 new hire supplement (to help offset the expense of moving to Alaska), and a great health insurance policy. Please email with any questions or letters of intent, if you are ready to join our team! You can visit the school site at:

Math and Science Teaching Position in California
Armona Union Academy in the Central California Conference is looking for a math and science secondary teacher. For more information contact Randall S. Bovee, Principal, Armona Union Academy, Armona, CA 93202, (559) 582-4468 (school) or (541) 784-5001 (cell). Visit to learn more about the school.

Teaching Positions in New England
Greater Boston Academy is in need of more teachers for the 2022-23 school year. We are an SDA School with a current student population of about 180. We offer grades PreS-8th. Due to our expanding number of students, we are in need of 3 teachers – one first grade, one second grade and one sixth grade. Greater Boston Academy has been in existence for over 100 years and we are located about 15 minutes’ drive north of Boston. There are also many cultural and historical experiences located not far from us in Boston, Concord, Lexington, and other towns in driving distance.Our faculty, staff, students and families are one family together as we share each other’s joys and help bear each other’s burdens. Please contact Mrs. Dausele Vieira, principal, at or call the school at 781-438-4253 if you are interested in exploring joining our teaching staff. God may have a special mission for you here in the Boston area!

Teacher Position Open
STEM teachers are needed at Midland Adventist Academy. We are searching for a K-12 STEM teacher starting next year. This person would primarily teach elementary STEM and one high school STEM class. Additionally, they would spearhead our push to become a STEM-certified school. Certification could be in elementary grades with a passion for STEM. Contact Adam Littell, Principal, Midland Adventist Academy at 913.268.7400 or for more information.
Developing passionate followers of Christ who love God and serve people.
Teaching Positions in Central California Conference
Here is a link to CCC current openings on the NAD Job Openings website:
More specifics can be seen at the above link:
Armona Union Academy - Academy math and science
Bakersfield Adventist Academy - Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3 & 4
Central Valley Christian Academy - Grade 5
Foothill Adventist Elementary - Grades 5 & 6, Grades 7 & 8
Fresno Adventist Academy - academy science
Los Banos Adventist School - teaching principal grades K-4
Miramonte Christian School - Grade 6
Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy - Principal with a little teaching
Mountain View Academy - PE/Athletic Directory, Music/History teacher
Sierra View Junior Academy - Grades 7-10 team teacher
Valley View Junior Academy - Grades 7 & 8, Teaching Principal Grades 9 & 10 - really need someone with at least junior academy math
VHM Christian School - Teaching Principal - grades TBD based on applicant
Teachers that are bilingual (English-Spanish) are in demand.
Employment Opportunity
Southern New England has several positions open for teachers for next school year. Check out these opportunities:
  • Bayberry Christian School, Osterville, MA is looking for a teacher for grades 1-4 with the possibility of team teaching with the grades 5-8 teacher.
  • Cedar Brook School, Rehoboth, MA is looking for a teacher for grades 3-4 and a full-time principal.
  • Laurel Oaks Adventist School, Hamden, CT is looking for a grades PreK-1 teacher.
  • Greater Boston Academy, Stoneham, MA is looking for an elementary teacher and a middle school teacher. 
  • South Lancaster Academy, South Lancaster, MA is looking for a grades 9-12 Bible teacher/chaplain.

All the positions are posted on the NAD Education website. To learn more or to apply contact Theresa Robideaux, Associate Superintendent

Employment Opportunity
We're looking for a couple of university students who would enjoy taking care of children ages 2-10 during a mother's group meeting at the university church.  We would be able to pay $15/hour for up to 5 children. Dates and times are as follows:
DATES:  Feb 15, March 1st, March 15th, March 29th, April 12th, April 26th, May 10th, May 24th.   TIMES: 9:30-11am.   LOCATION: Jr. High Room at the University Church in the lower level classrooms.   DETAILS:  We will provide craft, activities, and snacks. Mothers will be in the gathering room down the hall studying the book "Never Alone: Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit".  
Please contact Tiffaney Sorensen if you're interested or have any questions. or 770-255-9138.

Hilltop Christian School
This SDA christian school in Antioch, CA is looking for a teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. The school is over 80% non-Adventist and is an amazing opportunity to minister to our community. To learn more contact Melissa Peckham Galloway, Principal at 925-778-0214 ext 409.

El Dorado Adventist is looking for Teachers
El Dorado Adventist School is a K-8 looking to hire teachers that have a growth mentality, and wanting to be part of a community that wants to see students succeed academically, socially, and spiritually. Interested? Contact Martin Sutton at or by phone at (530) 622-3560.

John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
CTY has positions well suited for undergraduates and graduate students interested in residence life and student affairs, and for student affairs and residence life professionals. CTY is currently seeking:   

  • Resident Assistants are responsible for supervising middle- and high-school students. Within both their individual RA groups, and the site at large, the RAs create a dynamic community that prioritizes safety, intellectual curiosity, and, of course, fun. RAs are responsible, highly motivated, and have experience working with children.   
  • Senior Resident Assistants supervise the RA staff and assist in managing the day-to-day operation and implementation of the residential program. SRAs are organized and enthusiastic, with a demonstrated record of successful leadership experience. 
What's next? If you know of someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please visit this link: Or contact Michael du Laney, Sourcing Consultant, Human Resources Department, Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Email: | Web: 

Milo Adventist Academy Opportunity
Milo is look for a couple of uniquely qualified teachers. Milo has been developing a mastery-based learning program using student-paced learning guides, standards-based grading, and a "Free-flowing" daily schedule.  Students largely choose the what and when and teachers provide learning/instructional support across the curriculum not just in their endorsed areas. If you are interested in knowing more or applying for positions, feel free to contact principal Randy Thornton at or 541.915.2950.

Join the Adventist Education Team 
Are you searching for a job in the Seventh-day Adventist Education system of schools? Use the tools at this site to make an employment connection:
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Emily Appel, Administrative Staff 509.527.2210
Mishelle Castiglioni, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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